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Eddie Floyd (born Eddie Lee Floyd, 25 June 1937, Montgomery, Alabama ) is a and R&B , best known for his work on Stax Records in the and . Floyd was unfortunately overshadowed by labelmates such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Rufus Thomas, although he managed both chart success and touring acclaim. He not only had great hits on his own (most notably the music anthem “Knock on Wood”), but wrote songs for others, such as “You Don’t Know What You Mean to Me” for Sam & Dave.

Early Years

Eddie Floyd was born June 25, 1937 (not 1935 as has been so often printed) in Montgomery, Alabama. When he was six weeks old his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. During his youth he was often shuttled between Detroit and Alabama. Now, consciously or not, the best of both worlds seem to have come through in his music.

The unique thing about an Eddie Floyd record is that he combines sensibilities with a down-home approach and a smooth, but soulful delivery. He’s able to craft gorgeous melodies and write impeccable lyrics that surely would have made him a Motown star had he opted to stay in Detroit. But by heading to Memphis, Tennessee, where the Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MG’s plus second keyboardist Isaac Hayes and The Memphis Horns added support, and by singing every word with effortless enthusiasm, Floyd cemented himself as one of the premier Southern “Soul Men” of the Sixties. This merger of sounds may very well stem from his time growing up on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.

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  • Slim_rafa

    fodavéra

    7 Apr 4:06am Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Sing it, Eddie man! [2]

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Druid66

    Sing it, Eddie man.

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • lorenzo_2

    love it

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • kingrizla

    You're so right barryvs... BTW Don't tell your mama is currently 42 places below it's deserved position in the 6 month chart.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • barryvs

    Defining what exactly 'soul' or sub-genres is/are is rather.....asinine, no?

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • stupidstuff

    You like Wilson Pickett more than you do Eddie Floyd... got it.

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • SashaPrestig

    Knock On Wood звучить святково

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • hirogura

    Enough. We all should mourn Solomon Burke.

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • hirogura

    battleaxed: Floyd DOES have a solid body of work. I could've mentioned not just "Big Bird", but also "Raise Your Hand" or "Knock on Wood". Comparing him with the lightweights classified as "Northern Soul" is contrary to the point of being asinine, and brings back the question about the earwax in your ears. By the way, your Top 50 artists is equivalent to my Top 400 or so artists. I have 2409 artists in my library, compared to 312 in yours. Do the math. I'm sure that you'll find as many soul artists in my Top 400 as in your Top 50.

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • hirogura

    battleaxed: Clean out the earwax out of your ears. Then listen again to Big Bird.

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Marxism1

    wow...pure talent.

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • pRAtt_aka_Ali

    interesting musical accompaniment...

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • Murdergram

    Definitely overshadowed by Redding.

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • skywoodmichel17

    remenbeing the good old day

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • klassik01

    Stax=Soul,R&B ...one smooth soul-man...

    20 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Nebulaen

    Not enough shouts, but certainly, enough influences.

    23 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Yes it is clear. When i first heard it, i became addicted. it was written for Otis Redding after he passed away.

    2 Jul 2008 Reply
  • cleartrampoline

    Big Bird is sooo awesome! I just heard it on the Complete Stax comp. Rad!

    24 Jun 2008 Reply
  • WalrusDoctor

    And just what is so great about "Good Love, Bad Love"? Is it because of that Death Proof movie?

    11 Jun 2008 Reply
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